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November 19, 2010 The Playwickian Opinion Page 3

The Playwickian
Letter to the Editor
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L K Dear Tori Hyndman,
My name is Marie Rayme and I am in the 10th grade and I
playwickian@gmail.com AT IT OUR WAY absolutely love the article you wrote in October! I compliment the
structure and the way it related to our everyday lives. “Premature
Editorial Board aging rushes adolescent stage” is true because many teens nowadays
Editor in Chief Harsh critique of local are really overdoing it when it comes to make up. Sometimes they
try so hard it looks like they have masks on their face.
Tori Hyndman The part of the article I liked the most was when you

Managing Editor
media coverage mentioned how adolescents watch their older siblings and family
members go off to college and have freedom. They end up
Lera Salmon Dear Fox 29 News and the Bucks County Courier Times: getting jealous because they want the same freedom and they
Your recent coverage of the disputes between the Neshaminy start to develop and mimic these behaviors they view from afar.
Business Editor Federation of Teachers and the School Board of Directors has not It relates to me in a way because I feel as though I have wanted
been a complete representation of what actually goes on behind to do what my older siblings did but never to the point of wearing
Dan Coleman closed doors. The coverage neglects to provide accuracy to the too much make up just to be granted adult privileges.
community who may rely solely on the media’s attention of these This article can really open the eyes of some girls in Neshaminy
News Editors issues. The district, its faculty, parents, and most importantly, its High School and I encourage you to please continue writing articles
Meghan Breitkreutz, Aman- students, have not been accurately represented through the many about things like this. This is what Neshaminy girls need to see and
da Covon and Deanna Zaro reports that headline the news. read more often, so thank you.
There seems to be confusion by your media outlets when dealing
Op-Ed Editors with this issue, and it seems to confuse many in the community, P.S. Girl, you got talent. Flaunt it babes! Lol.
Becca Erskine and because they do not know whom to believe. Beginning this past Sincerely,
Jess Thorson June, when the work-to-contract action was first enacted, the school Marie Rayme
district has attained much attention over a common issue that has Sophomore
been seen all over the country.
Student Life Editors But why has the Neshaminy case become different from all
Emily Duke, Emeline Jarvie
and Josh Reznik
the others? It is, in part, due to the constant media attention drawn
to the school. Your presence has at times hindered the day-to-day
Cyber-obsessed world
operations at the district’s schools. Showing up on school grounds By Becca Erskine
Special Features Editors to interview students who have no idea what is going on is not Op-Ed Editor
Mel Matyi and professional. Calling students on the phone and baiting them to make
Rachel Rotteveel disparaging statements against their teachers - well, that is flat out Before our world grew a keyboard, Wi-Fi connection, and USB
unethical. plug, things were much simpler. It may be hard to imagine now, but
Entertainment Editors Both the televised and printed media coverage of the Neshaminy at one point in time the human race was able to exist minus the large
labor disputes only showcased the negative repercussions of the amount of technical gadgets that impressively increase the speed and
Dana Jeffers, Jocelyn Joseph convenience of communication. With impressively large amounts of
actions between the NFT and the school board. The work to contract
and Juliette Rihl computers and search engines available, our world has turned into a
has let teachers decide whether or not to attend graduation, back-
to-school night, and other school functions. However, the teachers live, world-wide message board.
Sports Editors who simply worked to contract were scrutinized by the media in America’s favorite communication web site of all time,
Jon Mettus and Sam Pipe numerous ways. Many teachers were perceived as slackers who did Facebook, which was established in 2004, has continued to serve as a
not put forth any effort in the classroom. painfully addicting web browser to people all around the world. The
Expressions Editors Constantly referring to the lack of homework given to students letters often typed into the web address box have become much more
Lexi Rotunno and is a dead argument. Students in third grade are not expected to be predictable, and if you own a Facebook yourself, you cannot deny
Katey Smyth given hours of homework a night, if they were parents would argue that typing in this particular web address is almost second nature.
for less homework. “He had a lot of homework last year and not a Another web phenomenon, Twitter, which is also used by many
lot this year,” one parent commented in the Bucks County Courier internet-lovers, serves as a second way of convenient communication
Photography Editors and is also known to be very popular amongst celebrities. The
Susie Mayer and Times article from Oct. 13.
While it may seem that many students are not receiving homework common phrase, “Follow me on Twitter,” literally encourages web-
Matt Reinhold in their classes, it is not the case for all students. Homework is still addicts to stalk other people’s everyday plans or thoughts that they
being given to many students in various college prep, honors, and may post for the world to read.
Graphics and Art Editor AP classes. In fact, some students have complained of too much Back in the day, if a person had a question or concern which
Mariya Pilipenko homework, staying up until the wee hours in the morning, lucky if they could not answer themselves, their natural reaction would be
they receive two hours of sleep before school the next day. It makes to look in the dictionary, or thesaurus. Well, times have changed,
Circulation Editors no sense to debate what is learned in a classroom either. If a parent/ and if you have any problem at all, there is only one thing to turn
Tiffany McMahon and guardian is not in the classroom they cannot believe every thing their to: Google. Google encourages people to slack and depend on the
Ashley Titler child reports to them. internet. This ever-popular search engine further encourages people
The public is being sent mixed messages through the recent to highly depend on technology to solve their every day problems.
coverage of the ongoing disputes. It seems as if both outlets will I cannot be sure that people are aware of the internet’s rein over
Copy Editors us, but if they are not now they soon will be. The internet has taken
find something negative about the school district. Even when
Brielle Ballantine, Lauren our once simplistic world and turned it upside down into a world of
nothing is wrong, Fox 29 and the Courier Times are finding ways
Driscoll, Joanna Sauer and to put Neshaminy in the spotlight in negative ways. This is often psychotic, internet-obsessed Facebook junkies.
Janelle Thee achieved by the inaccurate reporting of the issues at hand. By merely Instead of knocking on a neighbor’s door to pay them a visit, or
referring to the school district as “Planet Neshaminy” in the Courier sending someone a birthday card in the mail, we now post comments
Archivist Times and often asking “What color is the sky in your world?” on on people’s “wall,” or more popularly, comment on their “status.”
Dann O’Rourke Fox 29 News degrades the quality of the school district, which is Why even bother asking out the girl of your dreams in person?
still highly acclaimed amidst the troubles that are discussed behind Just relationship request her on Facebook. Are you angry at someone?
Office Manager closed doors. Post how much you dislike them as your status. Do you really want
Karla Onate While this is in no way meant to defend either side of the dispute, to get under someone’s skin? The best way to handle that would
this is however meant to clarify the misconception of the students’ be to sarcastically “like” their new profile picture. These natural
point of view of the situation that is lived every day. The students tendencies have developed in people all around the world, it is the
Adviser new way of communication; it involves giga-bites and browsers, but
are the silent heroes in this dispute.
Tara Huber Overall, we do not ask for much, just a few articles and interviews it is communication at its finest.
of true information about Neshaminy School Distrtict would suffice. The internet’s ridiculously large impact on the world and the way
Staff Writers people communicate with one another has reached an undeniably
Jill Aaronson, Bill Banks, Katelyn Not only has false media made attending school uncomfortable for
Begley, Colin Bonner, Danielle Brown, the teachers, who are constantly degrated, but even the students feel concerning level. Will this internet-craze continue to grow and
Mike Brunell, Jess Bussman, Shannon uneasy as well. The focus should be on the positive achievements expand until all of us humans can no longer stare at the screen? Are
Byrne, Bryn Conlan, Marmonee and activites of the students in the schools, rather than what is we going to be influenced by the web in such a way for the rest of
Cooper, Maya Crenshaw, Megan troublesome in the district. time? Or has the internet reached its highest potential? Either way,
Fantini, Carly Fario, Sarah Grudza, I cannot answer these questions myself, so Google it. Or better yet,
Christina Harman, Kieran Hastings,
This unsigned editorial represents the majority view
of the editorial board. message me on Facebook and we can talk about it.
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